During the COVID shutdown, our family spent pretty much every Saturday on the river. It came to be a favorite way to spend a day that didn’t diminish once the world opened up again. In fact, it’s become somewhat of a necessity, even more so now when life can be busy and overwhelming and I desire respite from the things that are hard on the heart and the body.
There is something about floating down the river that fills me with a special kind of peacefulness. Maybe that’s because, once I’m out on the water there is nowhere else to go or anything else to do but drift along and let the current take me, at its own pace, towards my destination. I can sit in the cool water, take in the beautiful scenery on either side of me, and rest. And as I do, I think of all the many metaphors that are bound to that experience.
I’m reminded that, even when stepping back to take a more objective look at the state of things in this life, there is little that is clear or straightforward; it can all be so incredibly murky. And no amount of looking into the depths of all that feels mysterious will make it slow down, move faster, or suddenly assume a quality of transparency. In a thousand ways, life is like a river. It is often unclear and it never stops moving. And I’m drawn to it.
I’m learning to pay attention to how the Universe is inviting me to be okay with the things in this world, and in my particular existence, that are complicated and unknown. It’s a difficult lesson to put into practice, to just sit with uncertainty. But if I’ve learned anything from my days in a tube, it’s that I always get to where I need to be and I usually feel better once I arrive.
My hope for all of us in the days ahead is that we can be open to receive all that is offered to our hearts as we listen, and slow down, and find a way to have peace in our chaotic present. We will get to where we need to be eventually. We will experience loveliness along the way. We don’t have to be in control of everything.
And, if you find that you can't make your way to the river, rest assured that we are just down the road and are ready and waiting to bring some of nature's beauty to you. Please see below to learn about all the ways you can enjoy the gifts of our farm during the upcoming fall season, and if you ever feel inclined to go for a float- just give me a shout!
With big love and endless gratitude,
Rebecca, Raimee, and the Blawesome Crew